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Unread 12-06-2009, 06:29 PM   #1
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Is removing and reusing quarry tile possible and wise?

Hi Everyone,

We would like to remove about 100 sq.ft. of quarry pavers and reuse them in another area of our kitchen.
Is this possible, and if yes, how would we go about it?

The quarry pavers were installed on CBU with 1/2" grout lines about 10 years ago, and unfortunately are not available any longer.

Has anyone any experience doing this?

Thanks in advance!
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Unread 12-06-2009, 07:11 PM   #2
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Quarry tile

I don't think you can remove without braking them
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Unread 12-06-2009, 07:14 PM   #3
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I agree,but here's what i'd do.I'd cut through the grout joints at about 4 or 5 square feet intervals, then pry up with a crowbar or flatbar and remove said section, cbu and all,then soak in water a couple days and try to chip thinset off the backs of them.
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Unread 12-06-2009, 08:39 PM   #4
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post a picture of the quarry tile if you can.
most quarry hasnt changed much unless you have some fancy off brand of quarry.
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Unread 12-06-2009, 10:37 PM   #5
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If you are a glutton for punishment and have a set of lungs to spare you can cut the tiles off the wall as described above (or one at a time) and if the soaking thing doesn't work, grind off the back sides down to the original tile.
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Unread 12-07-2009, 12:16 AM   #6
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Guys, thanks for your replies.

Your answers are not too surprising, we've been afraid to hear what you had to say.

Here is the reason we would really like to keep this particular quarry tile: It covers a large area of our 1.st floor: the entry and the kitchen as well as an open hallway. The living, dining and family rooms have hardwood floors. We'd like to keep the floors as uniform throughout the house as possible, since the house has a very open floor plan, and I would like to avoid a 3rd. flooring material.

The quarry tile are from Summitville tile in Ohio, they are #94 Flashed. The flashing is very light, barely visible. The tile in the entry and hallway dates from the early 60s, when 10 years ago, we extended it into the kitchen, we figured that since we could still find the exact same tile 40 years later, we wouldn't have a problem finding it in the future. Alas, we were wrong.

We've looked at quarry tile from Metropolitan Tile as well as Dal Tile, but their either too beige, too orange, too dark, too flashed etc.
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Unread 12-07-2009, 07:19 AM   #7
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Gukki,

Normally you cannot find the same tile 6 months after purchase. Molds wear out, coloring shades change, tastes change.....

Good luck with your project !
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Unread 12-07-2009, 07:58 AM   #8
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The quarry tile are from Summitville tile in Ohio, they are #94 Flashed. The flashing is very light, barely visible. The tile in the entry and hallway dates from the early 60s, when 10 years ago, we extended it into the kitchen, we figured that since we could still find the exact same tile 40 years later, we wouldn't have a problem finding it in the future. Alas, we were wrong.

We've looked at quarry tile from Metropolitan Tile as well as Dal Tile, but their either too beige, too orange, too dark, too flashed etc.
did you contact Summitville ?
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Brian, we did check with them, and they had stopped producing it a couple of years earlier.

The thing is, I don't usually even like quarry tile. But somehow, ours give the house a really relaxed feel, and that shade between beige and orange is just perfect, and anyway we got a LOT of it, tearing it out is just not an option. Plus the original part of the floors dates to the 60s and is laid in mud.

I've just been looking at the website of "The Quarry Tile Co." out of Spokane, WA. They claim that they create custom quarry tile, duplicating customer's samples. I'll contact them today, find out what they can do.
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the Quarry Tile Co. was my next suggestion...but they arent cheap.
I would be inclined to rip it all up and redo it with a newer tile.

I think Summitville might also make it for you. but start up runs arent cheap
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Unread 12-07-2009, 09:04 AM   #11
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Well, Summitville did not suggest this to me, when I contacted them, but I will check with them as well. One never knows...

Thanks, I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Unread 12-07-2009, 09:23 AM   #12
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Summitville had shut down the factory making tile early this year and just recently got it up and running. don't know if they are at full production or not, but they aren't a super huge tile company, but a very good manufacturer of tile.
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Unread 12-07-2009, 12:48 PM   #13
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Well I just emailed Summitville, at least they still have their website. I'm glad they're up and running again.
Their tile looks like new after 50 years, what a shame that companies like them are struggling like this.
Maybe, due to the state of the economy, they'll be willing to make a small lot?

The Quarry Tile Co. told me that they no longer produce any unglazed tile.
They sell exclusively through Dal Tile.
Dal tile carries unglazed quarry tile, probably from a different manufacturer.
I'll contact them as well.
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Gukki- sorry for the month delayed message but you might want to try Summitville's #11 SunGlo Flashed. When Summitville switched to their new Quarry Tile, around 2000, they changed color #94 Colony and started making #11 SunGlo in its place. The old quarry tile had much more grog in it, which made the surface somewhat bumpy. #11 Sunglo is different from #94 colony but is very close at the same time, and with yours being flashed is a plus because flashing will usually hide shade variations.

Ceramictec- Summitville did lay some people off, as the WSJ article states, but production has not been completely halted since probably the big fire in the 50's. We have since brought back most of the people that were laid off.
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I did read they fired up the kilns to start up again which is good for them.

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